13. Robert Pershing Wadlow
Robert Pershing Wadlow was not your ordinary man.
If we exclude the giants’ remains archaeology keeps on digging from the ground, Robert will be the largest man to ever have walked the Earth. He reached the phenomenal height of 2.72 m and weighed 199 kg.
Just to give you a sense of scale, the tallest man alive today, Sultan Kösen, is only 2.52 m.
Wadlow’s body malfunctioned in a way that produced excessive growth hormone. Unfortunately, an incident involving one of his leg braces led to an infection that killed the giant before he could reach his maximum potential.
Robert Wadlow died aged 22, and his funeral was one worthy of fantasy. Carpenters had to assemble a 3.28 m long coffin that weighed 450 kg and had to be carried by 20 pallbearers.